Our Diversity Training efforts are informed by the institutional goal of creating a community where all its members “are recognized, affirmed, and valued”.  Multicultural competence is necessary to recognize cultural diversity and its many facets; value the contributions of diverse perspectives and populations; and affirm and recognize our differences and our similarities. We have set out to do this by providing a broad range of diversity educational workshops which aim to develop multicultural competency in members of the Colorado State community. Our approach and philosophy is threefold:

1) Build awareness of social diversity, why it matters, our institutional commitment and how we define diversity and inclusion

2) Enhance knowledge regarding the many benefits of diversity and inclusion toward organizational excellence and competency regarding underrepresented populations in academia

3) Develop skills to engage and equip members of the community to affirm and support diversity and inclusion in their colleges, classrooms, departments, and places of work

Our goal is to promote an inclusive environment where diversity and inclusion are viewed as the key to maximizing organizational effectiveness, in creating engaging classrooms, and in creating a campus climate which fosters and supports multicultural competence.

Training Programs

Creating Inclusive Excellence Program (CIEP)

The CIEP seeks to develop awareness, knowledge, and skills around issues of diversity and inclusion at Colorado State. It is a 6 session (20 hour) certificate program sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Diversity’s and facilitated by many skilled diversity practitioners on campus. CIEP is geared toward State Classified Staff and Administrate Professionals and is offered every semester.

The goal of the CIEP is to create diversity and inclusion practitioners who impact the climate and culture of Colorado State University towards Inclusive Excellence. Our mission follows the university’s diversity strategic plan to create a campus where all members feel welcomed, valued, and affirmed and to enhance a multicultural competent workforce.

Outcomes for the Creating Inclusion Program Participants:

  • Develop awareness, knowledge, and skills to understand and implement multicultural competency.
  • Integrate Inclusive Excellence in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of programs and services.
  • Equip Colorado State employees with tools to proactively affirm and promote diversity and inclusion.
  • Develop diversity and inclusion practitioners, who feel empowered to advocate for diversity and inclusion.
Workshop 1: Diversity and Inclusion at CSU
Workshop 2: Exploring Culture and Social Identity
Workshop 3: Unconscious Bias and Stereotyping
Workshop 4: Exploring the Isms
Workshop 5: Microaggressions and Inclusive Language
Workshop 6: Interrupting Oppression/Tools to Intervene/Closing

Faculty Institute for Inclusive Excellence

The goal of the Faculty Institute for Inclusive Excellence is to create a learning environment for faculty to engage in topics of diversity and inclusion in pedagogy, curriculum, and campus communities. Participants in the program will explore civility, curriculum, and culture, with regard to diversity and inclusion best practices in the classroom.

The purpose of the Faculty Institute for Inclusive Excellence is to transform classrooms and positively influence campus climate such that awareness regarding diversity and inclusion is integrated within pedagogical practices. The intent is to develop awareness, knowledge, and skill sets that promote equity and social justice in educational settings. This Institute will begins in the spring and run through the fall of the next academic year. The next cohort will be spring 2016.

Social Justice Leadership Institute (SJLI)

Over this two day retreat, participants gain key concepts for social justice education and implementation of inclusive policies and practices. Participants will explore what it means to infuse diversity and inclusion best practices into the life of a University.

The retreat will examine the manifestations of different forms of oppression on individual, group, and institutional levels. The systemic, institutionalized nature of oppression will be addressed. Participants will also discuss theories of racial/social identity development that can help in understanding oneself, others, and intergroup dynamics and aid in implementing social justice efforts. Strategies for change will be explored.

Participant Outcomes
• Identify the “business case” for creating an inclusive, socially just campus
• Recognize the full range of differences on campus
• Use an Inclusion Lens to analyze and revise policies and practices to create greater equity and inclusion on campus.
• Identify the breadth of multicultural competencies necessary for staff and faculty to support the academic and personal success of the full range of students on campus
• Discuss the challenges to leading a division-wide effort to create greater inclusion for students, faculty, and staff
• Identify next steps for leadership and organizational development

The Social Justice Leadership Institute takes place every summer at CSU and is offered to employees of the University.

Customized Training

We have limited availability each semester to offer customized training to individual campus departments. Please contact Ria.Vigil@colostate.edu for more information.